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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Motor-boating
Description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston...
This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.
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Ferry to Georges Island

Very beautiful island filled with lots of history. Fort Warren was cool to explore! The ferry ride was very refreshing on a hot day.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful island filled with lots of history. Fort Warren was cool to explore! The ferry ride was very refreshing on a hot day.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Don't miss one of Boston's best kept secrets - easily accessible harbor islands with great history and beach amenities. A fantastic day trip for families

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Willowick, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We went to spectacle island and george island. We didn't stay for very long at Spectacle Island. The ferry trip was nice. We got some great views of the city. Our announcer may have been a little drunk. He was definitely incoherent to say the best. We spent a lot of time at George Island (fort warren) and it is... More 

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We loved our time on the islands; it was a bit crowded but all in all an enjoyable location to hike. The ferry ride did not take too long; the sights of the city from the water, and then from the island were memorable.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've only been to two of the islands so far (Spectacle and George's), but I must say that the Harbor Islands are one of my favorite day trips from the city. They are easy to travel to -- just take a ferry from the waterfront -- and make for lovely picnic destinations or places to explore. You really feel like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I always wanted to walk on these islands. I had taken a few rides on boats that went around the islands but never landed. I was pleasantly surprise. There is an island with a castle where you can actually feel the history. It was beautiful and the view to the city was amazing. Highly recommended.

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Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Its great island, and full of fun for whole family. Gorgeous views, we spent full day , and it was great.

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Braintree, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My family took a ferry ride to Spectacle Island for a clam bake. The history of the islands was really fun to read about, the food was great and it was fun to walk the island. The ferry ride back was a great way to see the city at night from the water.

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We spent the BEST day island hopping. The Ferry is easy to navigate and well managed; learned so much about the history of Boston Harbor Islands. I lived in Boston (Copley Square) for 2 years and never knew the Islands existed! A perfect outing for a picnic and hiking on a sunny summer day - Sunday afternoons offered free Jazz... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Great islands and a nice ferry to take you around. It's not cheap, but fun on a nice day. Probably pick one or two per day.

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